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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 16:02

Ridin’ & Recitin’ should be real excitin’

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Since 2004, local cowboys and ranchers have celebrated their culture by enjoying an entire day full of events at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current with Ranchman’s Ridin’ & Recitin’ near the end of the month.

“Ranchman’s Ridin’ & Recitin’ celebrates our western heritage with horse competitions, cattle shows, western art and crafts and stock dog trials,” explained event organizer Tracey Stevenson recently. “In celebrating our western heritage, this community celebration will be an opportunity for our community and southwest Sask to celebrate our city’s cultural diversity though music, dance, art and crafts, food and cultural displays.”

Last year’s event drew more than 600 people to the Kinetic Exhibition Park, with some of the more popular events being the stock dogs and heavy horse events. This year’s itinerary features a seed scurry competition, cattle pen show, stock dog trials, and a horse competition.

“In previous years, the cowboy poetry, exhibits, beer gardens was held in the Stockade,” Stevenson noted. “This year, we are moving them into barn No. 4, and there will be concession on site located at the Burnham booth.”

She noted the event is an important way to honour and commemorate the rich cowboy and ranching history of our area. Livestock and ranching continue to be an important part of the economy of the Southwest Saskatchewan region.

“This program takes pride in preserving the heritage of the Canadian Cowboy and the ranching industry,” said Stevenson. “Only by continuing to expand the opportunities for all ranch horse, stock dog trials, heavy horse and cattle competitors do we ensure that the life of a working cowboy heritage will continue for generations to come. Our urban dwellers are given the opportunity to see the ranching lifestyle up close and right in their own backyard.”

The event is sponsored by Swift Current Ag and Ex, Saskatchewan Lotteries, and the Pioneer Co-Op. The cattle pen show is sponsored by Animal Health Centre, Cattle Care Vet Clinic, East Man Feeds, Feed Rite, Horseshoe Vet Clinic, Matrix Environmental Solutions Ltd., Ponderosa Ag Sales, Raw Hide Liquid Supplements, and Wood Coulee Red Angus.

Admission for the day is only $5 for adults, and children attend for free. Events begin at the Kinetic Exhibition Park at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24.

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